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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 5

    Nov 5 - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 2 points lower at
5,581 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
    
    * ASTRAZENECA: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said the country's health
regulator had given the go-ahead for clinical trials of AstraZeneca PLC's
 COVID-19 vaccine.
    * SAINSBURY: British supermarket group Sainsbury will announce
plans to cut 3,000 jobs, alongside its first-half results on Thursday, The Times
reported.
    * BARCLAYS: A former Barclays trader, who fled to his native France
before being convicted in London of helping rig Euribor interest rates, has won
a court battle against extradition to Britain to serve an eight-year jail
sentence, his lawyer said.
    * GOLD: Gold firmed as investors were cautiously optimistic Democrat Joe
Biden would edge past President Donald Trump in a tight race to the White House,
boosting the likelihood of more economic stimulus.
    * OIL: Oil dropped as Democrat Joe Biden edged closer to the White House but
the Republicans look likely to retain Senate control, decreasing the chances of
any huge COVID-19 relief package.
    * The UK blue-chip index closed 1.7% higher on Wednesday as a weaker
pound boosted shares of exporters, although investors remained cautious on
prospects of a contested outcome to the U.S. presidential elections.
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:   
 Tate & Lyle Plc                         HY results
 RDI Reit Plc                            FY trading statement
 Biffa Plc                               HY earnings
 Wincanton Plc                           HY earnings
 Derwent London Plc                      Q3 business update
 Kin and Carta Plc                       FY earnings
 AVEVA Group Plc                         HY earnings
 AstraZeneca Plc                         Q3 earnings
 RSA Insurance Group Plc                 Q3 trading statement
 J Sainsbury Plc                         HY earnings
 Lancashire Holdings Ltd                 Q3 trading statement
 Auto Trader Group Plc                   HY earnings
 Trainline Plc                           HY earnings
 Inchcape Plc                            Q3 trading statement
 Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc               Trading statement
 RDI Reit Plc                            FY earnings
     


    
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:
    
    TODAY'S UK PAPERS
    > Financial Times                     
    > Other business headlines            

 (Reporting by Priyanshi Mandhan; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)
  
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